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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Appointments to the Council of the National Museum of Australia

Media release
7 April 2010
PG/38

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Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, today announced the appointments of Professor Raelene Frances, Mr Peter Yu and Mr David Jones as members of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.

"I am delighted Professor Frances, Mr Yu and Mr Jones have agreed to serve as part-time Council members of the museum," Mr Garrett said.

"Professor Frances is Dean of Arts at Monash University and has published extensively on the history of work, women, Aboriginal/European contact, religion and communities. She has also co-edited collections of essays on Australian and New Zealand history.

"Mr Yu's experience as a trustee on the WA Museum Board and his extensive governance work and capacity development in Indigenous communities will be a great asset to the Council. He is currently Chairman of Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd and works as a consultant in the area of Indigenous public policy.

"Mr Jones brings considerable business experience to the deliberations of the Council. He is currently Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity, a Director of Global Sources Ltd (NASDAQ) and the Beacon Foundation and was previously the Chairman of the Australian Venture Capital Association Ltd.

"Each appointment is for a period of three years and each appointee will bring a range of critical professional skills and experiences to the Council.

"The Council is responsible for the business of the museum, which is to develop and look after Australia's national historical collection. The expertise of Council members contributes to the museum's reputation as a national leader in collections management, and as a world-class institution," Mr Garrett said.

The National Museum of Australia explores the land, nation and people of Australia. The Museum celebrates Australian social history in a unique way by revealing the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians, promoting the exploration of knowledge and ideas and providing a dynamic forum for discussion and reflection.

For more information on the National Museum of Australia visit: www.nma.gov.au .

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